A Mobile Service from the Valatie Free Library

Do you know someone who would like to borrow library items but cannot now get to the Valatie Free Library? If so, or if you yourself cannot come to the Library, please give us a call at 518-758-9321. We will bring library materials to a home and then, when they are due, pick them up and provide new requested items. This is a pilot program to see if there is a need or interest in the Valatie / Niverville community for this service. Please call by May 30th in order for us to know if there is interest in our providing this mobile service.

S.T.E.A.M. – 5/20/2019

Ms. Lauren has been conducting a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program once a month since the Fall. This month’s S.T.E.A.M. focuses on optical illusions, phenomena that occur when the visual perception of an image, object or event is different from reality. Kids, 5 and older, join us on Monday, May 20th at 5:30 p.m. to explore different kinds of optical illusions and create your own.

Programs/Events – 5/20 – 5/31

WEEK 4 (5/20 – 5/25)

Monday, May 20, 5:30 p.m. – S.T.E.A.M. Join us to create some optical illusions. Kids of all ages are welcome, but please register so that we have enough supplies.
Monday, May 20, 7 p.m. – Board of Trustees Meeting. The Public is welcome to attend Board Meetings.
Tuesday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. – Story Hour for Preschoolers and Caregivers. Visit the Library for stories, craft and snack with Ms. Lauren. No registration is necessary.
Tuesday, May 21, noon – 5 p.m. – Lego Afternoon. Visit the Library to build with our Lego bricks or Duplos. All ages are welcome. No registration is necessary.
Saturday, May 25 – Library Closed for Memorial Day Observance.

WEEK 5 (5/27 – 5/31)

Monday, May 27 – Library Closed for Memorial Day Observance.
Tuesday, May 28, 10:30 a.m.NO STORY HOUR TODAY!
Tuesday, May 28, noon – 5 p.m. – Lego Afternoon. Visit the Library to build with our Lego bricks or Duplos. All ages are welcome. No registration is necessary.
Tuesday, May 28, 1 – 3 p.m. Knitting. Newcomers are welcome. Please note: this is a change from our usual 4th Monday of the month schedule.
PThursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. – Albany-Hudson Electric Trail Meeting. Come to the Library to hear the updates; ask your questions!

Programs: May 13 – 18

Programs planned for this week are:
Monday, May 13 (7 p.m.) Book Club will be discussing Waiting for Eden by Elliot Acherman. Newcomers are welcome to join us even if you have not read the book.
Tuesday, May 14 (10:30 a.m.) Story Hour meets at 10:30 a.m. for stories, craft, and snack.
Tuesday, May 14 (noon – 5) Building with Lego blocks. Visit the Library to build something special.
Tuesday, May 14 (5:30 p.m.) Crafternoon. Do a scientific craft – DIY Lava Lamp! Call 518-758-9321 to register.
Friday, May 17 (noon – 5 p.m.) Game Day. Visit the Library to play board games or cards. We have lots of games, but you could bring your own. Ask a friend to join you.

New Schedule for Tech Help

Heather Lloyd, Lloyd the Geek, will be visiting the Valatie Free Library on the second Thursday of each month to work with anyone who registers for a 45 minute help session with her.  This is a change from her usual second Wednesday help session.  The time slots will run from 4:30 p.m. until 6:45 p.m., and registration is necessary.  Call us (518-758-9321) to schedule a time slot to work on problems with your laptop, cell phone, ipad, etc.

VFL Photo Exhibit Results

The winners of the annual Valatie Free Library Photo Competition are listed below.  All the photos submitted were beautiful and reflective of the talent and interests of the photographers.  All were displayed at an exhibition on Sunday, April 7th at the Senior Center in Valatie.  We thank Mayor Argyle  and the Valatie Village Board for permission to use the Center, the Seniors for donating their building for the event, the girls in the Ichabod Crane Middle School Honor Society for their help in setting up and taking down the exhibit, the people who came to the exhibit.  A very special appreciation goes to the photographers for sharing their work with us.  The first and second place winners in ten categories were:

Boats / Water Scenes :  Carol Denton:  Boats Docked on the Hudson / Edward Balko:  Tugboat Spiral
Landscape:  Steve Wildermuth:  After the Storm / Eric Dubois:  Tranquility
Birds:  Anthony Malanowski:  Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Coming in to Feed / William Shaughnasey:  Emu Smile
Animals:  Lynne DuBois:  Lizard King / Marie Meehan: “Fake News”
Architecture:  Karen Stodolski:  Liquid Reflection of Past Beauty / Ralph Gartner:  Always Open
Miscellaneous: Karen Stodolski:  “Follow Me!” / Steve Wildermuth:  “Festaloon”
Flowers:  Leslie Strilec:  Paper White / Ralph Gartner:  Backyard Daisies
People:  Steve Wildermuth:  Youthful Dreamer / Paul Abitabile:  Polar Plunge Participant at Oakdale Lake, Hudson
Pets:  Sierra Dexheimer:  Dianne / Eric DuBois:  My Sydney
Nature:  Daniel Klugo:  Country Road / Daniel Klugo:   Mountain Stream

In the Young People Category for students under the age of 18, each student won a certificate for the best of his own entries.  The students and their winning photos were:  Corey Dexheimer (17):  a tie of  his photo “Mac” and his photo Shades of Orange / Ruby Briggs (7):  Winter Wonderland / Caitlin Matthies (16):  Impurity / Amaya Arnold-Poucher (17):  Blue Peace


Photo Exhibition – Sunday, April 7, 2019

The annual Valatie Free Library Photo Exhibition will take place on Sunday, April 7th at the Valatie Senior Center / Williams Street, Valatie.  Join us between 2 and 4 p.m. to view the 79 photos submitted by talented local photographers.  Winners of the competition will be announced at 3:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.

Coding Fun

As evident from the smiles of these three who attended our coding class with Habib on Tuesday, coding  is fun.  The next coding workshop is on Tuesday, February 26th.  Join us to work at your own pace to build your coding design and solve each puzzle.

Henry Knox Trail in Valatie

                    A Dangerous Moment

We invite you to stop in to view the new look in the recently renovated section of the Valatie Free Library.   Jarvis Baillargeon’s paintings of the Revolutionary War Henry Knox Trail are now hanging there.  Not only are they a beautiful addition to the Library and an enhancement to the room; they also recapture a historical event, transport of canons  from Ticonderoga to Boston.  One of the stops on that journey was a building behind the present VMA and very close to the present Valatie Free Library.  When you are here, take a booklet which describes the history depicted in each painting.  Relive our local heritage!  Thank you to the Baillargeon family for donating these paintings to the Valatie Free Library.  We are very grateful to be able to share them with Community.

Paint and Sip Is Back – 1/18/19

Paint and Sip with Amy DeWeerd is back.  Join us on Friday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. for another great class with Amy.  Make a painting that you will be proud to display.  Enjoy a treat and coffee, tea or hot chocolate.  What a great way to spend a cold, windy  January night!  Please call 518-758-9321 to register so that we have enough supplies.

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